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January 18, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
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February 6, 2003 | Duane Noriyuki, Times Staff Writer
Steven Sylber -- wearing a Lakers jersey, soaking up rays and sittin' pretty -- will let you in on a secret, even though friends seated around him on lawn chairs are muttering for him to keep his mouth shut. If he's going to talk, they would rather he say that the beach is packed, the weather is wicked, the kids are bored and there's no way to get a campsite at Carpinteria State Beach without a reservation made last July. Sylber ponders their concerns.
Among the blessings of California are its 1 million acres of state parks, established to preserve places for recreation and to keep intact important historical sites and wilderness areas, ranging from lush redwood forests to bone-dry deserts. Each of the 300 park "units" in the California system has its own story to tell, but only a handful feature women as leading characters.
June 24, 2007 | Jane Engle; Mary E. Forgione; Catharine Hamm; Cynthia Mines
From Dead Sea's shores to ours More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for what is billed as the largest-ever showing of the Dead Sea Scrolls, opening Friday at the San Diego Natural History Museum. The Balboa Park museum expects more than 400,000 people to view the ancient documents in the next six months -- more visitors than the museum typically gets in a year, says spokeswoman Jessica Chatigny.
Just as thousands of would-be vacationers will be seeking reservations for a tour of Hearst Castle or a choice spot at a state campground, the California Parks Department has been forced to shut down its reservation system. Park officials said the bankruptcy of the contractor who provides the reservation service has left it without adequate resources to handle about 50,000 callers who will be trying to get summer reservations in January. "We aren't making any advance reservations for a while.
February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
California's Gold Rush may have started at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, but Empire Mine in Grass Valley proved to be among the largest gold-producing mines in the state. For more than two decades, the state historic park had plans to relive those glory days by taking tourists on mining carts into the historic shaft -- plans that cost the agency $3.5 million before they were scrapped last year over budget and safety concerns. California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Tuesday that the agency put the brakes on re-creating the mine-shaft experience at the park in October.
May 4, 1997 | JOHN McKINNEY
All of us own this land--more than a million acres of it. This land has names like Anza-Borrego, Castle Rock, Grizzly Creek and Richardson Grove. This land with the colorful names is the California State Park system, widely regarded as the nation's finest. The California Department of Parks and Recreation administers 275 state park "units," as park officials call them--a vast array of state parks, historic parks, reserves, recreation areas and beaches.
September 29, 2009 | Sherine El Madany
State parks bring to mind walking, biking or just relaxing amid beautiful scenery. But outdoor enthusiasts Shari and Christopher Boyer see something else: an efficient marketing tool for businesses. "Parks are about going out, having fun with your family, hiking," said Shari Boyer, chief executive of a small Pasadena company called Government Solutions Group Inc. "To associate your brand name with something positive is a unique experience, which is exactly what brand owners are looking for and what parks are in need of."
February 11, 2001
The meaning of "trouble in paradise" became clear last month to state parks officials when they arrived to discuss the future of idyllic Crystal Cove. Wisely, they have backed off a development plan for the historic cottages, but there still are many questions to resolve. Getting satisfactory resolution will require various local interest groups to work together after rising in revolt against the state proposal.
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